Welcome to the second installment of The Offensive Professor. The man is preoccupied with heterosexual relations, and uses interactions between the sexes to illustrate economic principles on a regular basis. It’s super charming.
This week he was teaching a lesson on monopolies.
“The marriage contract is a monopoly,” he explained. “It eliminates competition in the market.”
OK, fair enough.
“Don’t be surprised when your husband or wife changes after marriage; they don’t have to try as hard once they’ve established a monopoly.”
All right, that makes sense.
“When the department has parties, I tell my female students to resist that second helping of food. ‘You can eat once you get married,’ I tell them.”
Cue boistrous laughter from almost everyone in the class. Cue groan from SarahMC. I noticed another woman, sitting two rows over, who didn’t look amused. I wonder if she’s recovering from an eating disorder. Or maybe she’s just a “humorless” harpy like I am. I wonder how many women in the class have eating disorders, or are recovering from eating disorders. Considering how prevalent poor body image and disordered eating are among college women, I found it unbelievable that my professor would make such a comment – essentially encouraging women to restrict their food intake to attract men – in front of the class. I think he specifically enjoys disparaging women when he’s in front of a captive audiene of a dozen women (and a dozen men).